Oerlikon Metco has announced increased manufacturing capacity for its advanced ceramics products to meet growing demand from the aerospace, power generation and other industries.
The company of the newly formed Oerlikon Surface Solutions Segment, which was announced on June 3, now provides more flexible and shorter delivery times, design and production of novel customer-specific products, as well as new product innovations.
Key advanced ceramic materials produced by Oerlikon Metco are more readily available as a result of the implementation of excellence initiatives and new developments in manufacturing techniques, such as lean manufacturing and advanced automation of production lines. These improvements have generated tighter production controls and a capacity boost of about 100t per year, which can be viably delivered to the market.
The improved capacity enables a broader product mix to more customers. Products positively affected include Oerlikon Metco’s yttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ), powders produced by the HOSP™ (agglomerated, plasma-densified) manufacturing process, and agglomerated and sintered YSZ materials. These advanced ceramics produce high-performance thermal barrier coatings required for power generation and aero turbine engine components. It is a complete portfolio of standard chemistries, as well as high purity YSZs for higher temperature conditions, all for extended coating life.
The HOSP YSZ portfolio is the largest segment of TBC materials available from Oerlikon Metco, which also includes agglomerated and sintered YSZ ceramics.
In addition, the company offers a growing number of advanced, thermally protective ceramic compositions for specialised applications, including compositions for low-K, higher strain tolerance and environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) used to protect ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).
The modernisation of the manufacturing processes highlights Oerlikon Metco’s vision for business growth. The company optimised their operations in different areas across the business, such as in R&D, production, portfolio strategy and value recovery.
Oerlikon Metco vice-president and head of global marketing Dr Hans Keller said: "The upgrade investments in multiple production sites, and in various business areas, facilitate a great deal of flexibility, enabling us to meet market demands for the growing product mix.
"The improvements also generate a major opportunity for us to develop and produce more advanced TBC ceramics for new engines in addition to the EBC materials that are in high demand."
Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials, services, specialised machining services and components.
The Oerlikon Surface Solutions Segment includes the two brands Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco. Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface technologies that significantly improve the performance and durability of precision components, as well as tools for the metal and plastics processing industries.